Did you enjoy maths at school? To most people maths, was a subject they either loved or hated. Our aim at Melksham Oak is to provide a wholly positive experience of mathematics and to send our young people out into the world not only with the mathematics qualifications that they need, but with an appreciation and enjoyment of the subject. To this end we aim to:
Provide students with a rich diet of maths that encompasses mathematical application, project work, games, and investigational activities.
Create a culture of success in which confidence in the subject is built and provides a platform to maximise achievement at GCSE and A-level.
Grow our students into independent learners through our online homework scheme.
Provide a differentiated learning experience to meet the individual needs of every student from our gifted and talented students to those who find maths a struggle.
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Pupils follow the national curriculum working on termly schemes of work based on the four main maths curriculum areas of Number, Algebra, Shape & Space and DataHandling. Each term concludes with a Rich Maths activity in which pupils explore the maths topics through games, investigations and application.
The school year then concludes with a big maths project.
In Year 7 we explore the Battle of Trafalgar through maths. At the start of Year 7 all pupils are grouped into sets according to their ability. Through regular assessment this setting is reviewed termly.
Year 8 pupils work on the ‘Peoples of the World’ project in which they explore global statistics in order to produce a presentation on the country of their choice.
Year 9 pupils work on Personal Finance, role play a fictional character and manage their finances.
At KS4 the emphasis turns to exam success. At Melksham Oak we follow our own modular course on which pupils navigate their way through ascending GCSE levels. Each Module ends in a GCSE-style exam giving the teacher and pupils an accurate picture of pupils’ progress. The modules have been designed to grow a pupil’s confidence through good and accurate assessment that focuses on pupil improvement and clearly demonstrates to the pupils how they are growing in understanding of the subject.
Pupils are given the opportunity to take their GCSE early in either November or January of Year 11. Pupils who pass on at least their target grade can then either work towards improving their grade in June of Year 11 or alternatively can work on another curriculum area.
The combination of our customised modular system along with the use of early entries has been at least in part responsible for hugely improved exam results over the last 2 years.
Homework is set weekly through the Mymaths website. Weekly after-school homework help sessions and revision sessions also take place.
We offer both AS and A-Level mathematics at KS5. Following a recent growth in popularity for A-Level maths and on going improvement in our results, for the first time we will be running a Further Maths course next year.
We follow the EDEXCEL AS and A-Level course and our experienced team of A-Level teachers thoroughly enjoy inspiring and challenging are brightest mathematicians.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.
Following the Government announcements, we've taken the decision to close the school until further notice. We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone as we all make personal sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. Where possible, we've tried to contact parents and carers who registered as Key Workers, those with vulnerable children, or who collect Free School Meals. If we have not managed to contact you, here is some further information:
Children of Key Workers
If you need support with childcare because both parents of the child(ren) are critical key workers, then we will do our best to support you while you're on the frontline. This school is now closed, however, we have designated schools within the White Horse Federation that are still operating as hubs. We will organise childcare for your child(ren) at one of these locations. Please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who are Vulnerable
The White Horse Federation has deemed vulnerable children to be those without adequate care or protection at home or with significant health needs. Given the current Government guidance at this point in time, we deem the safest place to be at the parent's or carer's home. If you believe this is not the case for your child(ren), then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who collect Free School Meals
We are making every effort to ensure children who collect Free School Meals have access to food. To that effect we will be supplying parents and carers of children who collect Free School Meals with vouchers to cover the cost of 20 days’ worth of lunches from Tuesday 24th March through to Monday 4th May. The vouchers are ordered and we are currently awaiting receipt of them before the end of the week. We have contact details of those who are registered as receiving Free School Meals and will contact you directly. If you're concerned that we don't have your details, then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
We will endeavour to continue the learning for all our children despite these setbacks. You should know that the teaching staff at your school have worked tirelessly both day and night to manage this situation to the best of our ability. Our nation is triumphant against adversity, and we have every confidence we will return to our normal lives as soon as possible. Please take care of yourself and loved ones while we all work through this together.